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CLOSER Discovery is built using metadata. Metadata is data about data, it is essential for using and interpreting data correctly, as without it the data have no context. By using metadata, CLOSER Discovery allows you to find out what is available in the UK’s longitudinal datasets, understand how and when the data were created and make an assessment about whether the data would be useful for you to pursue. Note that CLOSER Discovery does not contain any data, but will allow you to download lists of variables and questions in order to request the data from the various data sources.